Audra Perry has been selected by her peers as Mississippi Delta Community College's Staff Member of the Month. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., she currently resides in Greenville, Miss., and has been employed at MDCC for three years. Perry stated, "Whether it is faculty, staff, or administrators, I enjoy collaborating with and getting to know people who work in departments across campus. Being in the student services area is exciting because each day brings about its own set of challenges. It is fulfilling to know my work allows me to have a positive impact on others' lives."
MDCC SPORTS HALL OF FAME members for 2014 were inducted during a banquet Saturday night at the J.T. Hall Coliseum. They are (l. to r.) Dr. Reagan Ford (football, baseball 1966-68) of Starkville, Kevin Rogers (baseball 1986-88) of Cleveland, Michel DeJean (baseball 1988-90) of Monroe, LA, Pat Hare (basketball, tennis, track 1979-81) of Aiken, NC, and Bethe Williams Becker (Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan Award) of Greenwood.
Dr. Ford is originally from Drew.
Pat Hare is originally from Greenwood and worked for a number of years in Greenville.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a pair of baseball games with the Northwest Community College Rangers Saturday at Senatobia losing game one 8-6 and winning game two 8-7.
Game one was nip-and-tuck for the first six innings. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the Trojans answered with three runs in the top of the second only to see Northwest regain the lead with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Both teams score a run each in the third before the Trojans gained the upper hand with two runs in the fifth. But, the Rangers responded with a three run seventh to take the win. Devontae Wilson took the loss on the mound going six complete while giving up eight runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts.
Carson Crites led Mississippi Delta at the plate with three RBI’s on three hits including two solo homeruns and a double. Colby Manor and Tyler Mize both hit into RBI doubles. Getting a hit apiece were Jacob Shempert, Jason Berry, Peyton Callahan and Michael Beloso.
Game two saw the Trojans tee off with a four run innings thanks in part to a three run homer by Jason Berry who ended the night with five RBI’s on two hits. Northwest answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame but the Trojans came back with three runs of their own in the second.
The Rangers added a run in the bottom of the second and the Trojans responded with a run in the fourth to claim an 8-4 lead through three. Northwest chipped away at the lead with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth but were held scoreless through the final two frames.
Chase Palasini and Brad Cummins had two hits and one RBI each, while Conner Osborne added an RBI single. Tyler Mize connected for two hits, while Carson Crites, Colby Manor, and Michael Beloso had a hit each. Drew Pellum took the win on the mound going 2.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one batter.
The Trojans overall record now stands at 22-14 overall and 11-7 in the North Division. Mississippi Delta will be at home this Tuesday in a crucial doubleheader with North Division foe Itawamba Community College. Game one, a nine innings affair, begins at 1 p.m.
Grant-funded lab kits enhance hands-on learning
A grant from the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund at Mississippi Delta Community College is helping one biology instructor better explain scientific principles through experiential learning.
Developed in 2013, the first-ever privately funded faculty and staff development fund was created through the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc. The program provides MDCC's faculty and staff with the opportunity to develop projects that support the educational mission of MDCC. Faculty and staff at the college review applications for the funds.
As one of the fund's first grant recipients, Dr. Ioana I. Dinu will use the grant she received from the Robert W. Steinriede Faculty and Staff Development Fund to purchase genetics kits for her classes at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) in Greenville, Miss. Dinu says the kits will enhance students' learning experiences and their access to practical experimentation.
"This project implements a range of laboratory procedures for hands-on practical experimentation and demonstration of scientific principles of cellular and molecular biology and genetics," says Dinu. "We propose to enhance the student learning experience through practical simulation laboratory activities demonstrating cell division and genetic recombination."
The newly purchased genetics kits will provide Dinu's MDCC students with hands-on learning opportunities during the instruction of genetic inheritance patterns, including the genetics of blood types. Students also will learn the basics of DNA fingerprinting, as well as the characteristics of plant and animal cells.
The ongoing project benefits first and second-year college students enrolled in MDCC's introductory biology courses.